Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch

Responsibilities at the SLE

Management and strategic development of the SLE in study, training, research, consulting, and teaching. Acquisition and supervision of SLE projects abroad, teaching at the SLE/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, doctoral supervision, scientific development, and networking.


Career profile

PhD in agricultural and resource economics. Many years of experience as a chairholder, project manager, and university lecturer at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Particular expertise in the field of rural cooperatives, international/national. Professional experience as a consultant and expert for various international organisations, including the GIZ, FAO, World Bank, Conservation International, and UN-DESA. Head of SLE since 2019.

Head of research projects and teaching and consulting projects, especially in the following areas: rural and agricultural development, farmer collective action, management of small farmers' organisations, cooperatives, cooperative legislation, microfinance institutions, rural innovations, research projects on energy, dairy, goods, water, coffee, wine, and consumption, and women's cooperatives.

Short Curriculum Vitae
Since 2019 Director of the Centre for Rural Development (SLE)
2014 - 2019 Head of Department "Economics of Rural Cooperatives" (HU-S Professorship)
2007 - 2014 Head of the Department of "Cooperation Sciences" (HU-J Professorship)
Seit 2001 Managing Director of the Institut für Genossenschaftswesen an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Director of the Institute (since 05/2019) 
2003 Doctorate (Dr. rer. agr.) "Comparative Analysis of the Transformation Process in the Agricultural Sectors of Selected Countries of Central and Eastern Europe" (KATO), with distinction
1997 - 2000 Research associate at the Department of Resource Economics
"Comparative Analysis of the Transformation Process in the Agricultural Sectors of Selected Central and Eastern European Countries" (KATO), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
1997 - 2000 Lecturer at the Fachhochschule Neubrandenburg "Economics I + II
1989 - 1996 Diploma studies in the international programme "International Agricultural Development" at the TU Berlin, Diploma/Master of Science: "Bulgaria's Land Reform from the Perspective of the New Political Economy"

Responsibilities in consultancy, training, education, and research


2018 FAO/World Bank, Assignment as Lead Expert for the Turkey-FAO-World Bank Cooperative Programme: “Leveraging Producer Organizations to Improve the Efficiency of Agri-food Value Chains.” Benchmarking and solution-oriented diagnostics to strengthen cooperative development.
2016 United Nations, Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), New York: Expert Group Contribution on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, Cooperatives and Inclusion
2016 Conservation International Washington (DC): online training modules for fourteen managers in the subject management of cooperatives and community based organizations
2014 - 2015 United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): Lead Expert and Policy Advisor for the project “Transformation of the Cooperative sector in Vietnam's Agricultural Economy.” Comments on the amendment of the law and advice to the MoA.
2012 United Nations (UN-DESA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Global Forum on Cooperatives, presentation of the report "The Organisation of Cooperation - Selected Lessons for Development Cooperation”
2010 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations/Moroccan Government, Rabat, Morocco: modern systems of cooperative processing and marketing and the function of chambers of agriculture. Report: “Institutional Bonds for the "Maroc Vert" Plan”
2009 United Nations (DESA), New York: expert mission to prepare the main arguments of resolution A/RES/64/136 on the proclamation of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012
2003 / 2005 Visiting Researcher at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (with Prof. Dr. Dr. mult. Elinor Ostrom)
Selected recent publications

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